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  1. 18 points
    here in the East Anglia I keep my boat in commission all year round certainly the weather often sucks and there are plenty of 6 layer days but two or three times a month through the winter we get a ridge come through between depressions or, even better, a high settles in. Then we get bright sunny, light wind but nut crunchingly cold days (by that I mean hovering around 0 C not 0 F). The light is fantastic and the river is full of migrating birds. The mooring fields are generally empty so I can beat from one end of the 10 mile estuary to the other without engangering the gel coats of £50,000 scoop sterns. I like to spend a few days each winter up the adjacent estuary systems - the alde ore and butley to the north, the stour, backwaters, Blackwater and Colne to the south. Granted the nights are a bit long - lasting from 4.30 in the afternoon until 8 the next morning - but the sun is low all day and the colours are fantastic. The acoustic is a delight. At the age of 65, I confess that I have never sailed in warm water - I am now worried that should I go to the BVIs or the med I might suddenly realise that I have squandered six decades of sailing time sloshing around cold British water. Ignorance can be bliss. me old dad often said, "count your blessings and forget your woes". He said watching a wake dissipate behind a boat is good for the soul. I now have a ugly tank of a boat with a heated sentry box on it, a Taylor stove, good mobile internet and 100 books on the Kindle - this is going to be a good winter....never warm, often not dry. But it is going to be a cracker. D
  2. 10 points
    First foil! Yeehar EC898590-92DA-48DD-9B55-2A567A66AA2F.MP4
  3. 10 points
    Getting ready. East of Motahe. 5 knots. This should be interesting.
  4. 9 points
    The very rare and endangered Labrador Seal.
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  7. 7 points
    I recently spent $6,500 on a young registered Black Angus bull. I put him out with the herd, but he just ate grass and wouldn't even look at a cow. I was beginning to think I had paid more for that bull than he was worth. Anyhow, I had the Vet come and have a look at him. He said the bull was very healthy, but possibly just a little young, so he gave me some pills to feed him once per day. The bull started to service the cows within two days, all my cows! He even broke through the fence and bred with all of my neighbor's cows! He's like a machine! I don't know what was in the pills the Vet gave him . . . . . . but they kind of taste like peppermint.
  8. 7 points
    Well done Sean. Trump has a flawed pedigree and is a disgrace to the office he holds. How can this divisive narcissist be good for the Country and a role model for America’s children. Biden’s comment that it’s not about blue states and red states, it’s about the United States will win him many votes from undecided voters. As for the oil thing, the world and its mother knows that there must be a move away from reliance on oil. It’s a finite resource and the nettle must be grasped. You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs.
  9. 7 points
    So, oil does NOT pollute? What are you trying to say? The energy situation is more complex than can be explained in 2 minutes to a TV audience. Oil has the best EROEI of any fuel ever discovered, it's literally the fuel that took us from horse & buggies to the moon and the internet. But 1- it's limited and we've already burned somewhat more than half of it... 1a- we burned the half that was easier to get to, what remains will be more expensive and risky to get.... 2- it does pollute and contribute a lot to global warming, and... 3- you can make all kinds of useful stuff out of it that we'll wish we could still make, when we run out of really really low on it. Therefor, the developed countries of this planet will need to transition their energy infrastructure away from oil (and other fossil fuels) to renewables. They will -HAVE- to do so, or sink into a new Stone Age. The countries leading the way will also lead the world's economy. Where do you want the USA to be, in this process? Leading the way, or sinking into the Stone Age? I hope that was relatively clear. - DSK
  10. 7 points
    I appreciate you taking out your submarine and snapping shots via the periscope! :-D
  11. 7 points
    I would put money on BB's new job description being 'Fuck with Dalts as much as possible. Leave no stone unturned in attempts to distract him, lose any influence he has with the media, all manner of mind games should be used. If ETNZ lose public support, all the better.' BB and Dalts I doubt are mates, and BB's a pro at planning this stuff, Dalts is 'ready, fire, aim'. 15-love to BB, ( he just served an ace) and there's plenty more to come.
  12. 7 points
    How can anybody watch this petulant man-child and say, "that's my guy!" Fucking pathetic.
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  14. 7 points
    I am a serial boat owner and not the sort to anthropomorphise over machines made of extruded aluminium and conjealed snot. I have even heard of people who talk to, pat or occasionally kiss their boat goodbye when leaving it. I admit that the Hunter minstrel is a wonderful sailing machine. When she is set up on a course and I am standing in the hatchway chest deep in my own boat then it sometimes feels as though I am almost wearing it. The whale is a different kettle of fish although There is also a certain determined satisfaction to being on the whale while she is chunking her determined way through a north sea slop. I am always sad when I sell a boat - not in the way I did when II had my last horse put down. The boat takes memories, past pleasures and adventures with her..... but she sheds those with her new owners. I am keeping the Hunter Minstrel, she is cominng onto the drive for a snails pace deep level re-furb. I intend on sailing the fisher for a decade until either my fitness or money runs out and then selling her. I will then end my sailing days consuming whisky, black coffee and egg banjos on the east coast riivers sailing the Minstrel through the shallow waters of my native area Then I will park her in front of the house again so that every time I hobble out the front door she will be there to remind me that I was once a sailor. D
  15. 7 points
    I just brought the Ross 1066 Margaritaville. More of a cruiser racer which appealed to the wife a lot more than the motorboat and the shallow draft (2.25m) means that we can keep it on our mooring up the weiti river outside the house. She's a nice boat. Built in 2003 by craig partridge in foam and glass with plenty of carbon bits, composite stanchions, carbon rig and boom.. Slightly different design to the earlier Ross 1066 but seems bloody quick in the first 2 rum races I have done. Beautiful interior with everything we need to take the family cruising for a few weeks. Anchor winch (easily removable), pressure water, fridge/freezer, table.... and bean bags... For this summer she's solely a cruising boat with the occasional fun Race but I will slowly ramp up the racing next winter for the shorthanded stuff. I pretty much burnt that bridge with the wife on the last motorboat campaign so got to ease into this one..... Anyway, pretty happy with this one (other than the green deck).
  16. 6 points
    HOW TO GIVE YOUR CAT A PILL: 1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow. 2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. 3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away. 4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten. 5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden. 6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously. 7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later. 8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill inside end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw. 9) Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap. 10) Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band. 11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw Tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom. 12) Call fire brigade to retrieve the f------ cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap. 13) Tie the little b**tard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak filet. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down. 14) Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table. 15) Arrange for RSPCA to collect "mutant cat from hell" and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters. HOW TO GIVE A DOG A PILL: 1) Wrap it in cheese.
  17. 6 points
    thank god for good vodka
  18. 6 points
    Foil and boom shot. Hopefully foiling soon.
  19. 6 points
    Spy boats circulating. 6 to 7 knots. Hopefully action soon. .
  20. 6 points
    White hull is USA177. Epoxy Glass balsa hull built by me at Composite Engineering. In the first generation of wicked stiff canoes. Finished by Del Olsen in 1984. Same vintage as Greymatter (World Champion 1084, 1990 ,2002) so an entirely credible Nethercot for the one design division. May need a new mast. Will need new sails and maybe a new daggerboard to be killer. The Wood boat may have been built by any number of people. It is most likely from the early 80s. Hard to say. Parts seem to look like I had some influence, I was the one who first put round heel holes in a sliding seat, so that bit was built after 1978. There are other clues. So it was probably built by Erich, or Fran in California or in Calgary by the Martin Herbert mob. In any event, high quality toys capable of getting sea water well into your sinus cavities. SHC
  21. 6 points
    Very interesting overview. Thanks yl75! A few nuggets. They took advantage of the original concept of having the cockpit fully integrated into the hull to make large cockpit, as wide as the hull, apparently. All lines are coming back, so everything can be done from inside, obvously. The tables taped on the walls of the cockpit are all the cheat sheets for setting the boat, sail trim, foil position, keel canting, ballast, etc. The jib sheets run all the way to the transom and back into the cockpit from the rear. Since the cockpit is integrate, the height of the boat is above average and even a tall person can stand inside. They decided to have TWO Nav areas; so you can sit at the nav station always to windward, and there is always a screen that is visible from your "standby position" inside the cockpit, so they did not have to install a "repeater" computer screen inside the cockpit proper. And also a redundancy advantage. And a pivoting central nav station was not possible due to the internal architecture of the boat. Some carbon tubes were in the way, and they need to be where they are... The back of the electronic panel is completely accessible. They already have spare cables in place and capped, so if a connection issue is discovered, the replacement cable is already in place. The engine, the batteries and desalinizator are all central right behind the keel canting system. There is a "roof box" on deck, right below the boom where all antennas are located. So the antennas are protected, their wiring go directly through the deck and show up on the ceiling of the "living area". So shorter cables. The foils have been designed to start to lift the boat as early as possible, but not to lift the boat as high as possible... The goal is high average speed, rather than high top speed. Also hoping to make them as versatile as possible so easier to manage in solo mode. My personal in-experienced view... Knowing how hard and violent the ride is going to be, I do not understand the need for such a large and wide cockpit. If you start flying around, I am not sure a 4 m wide cockpit is a good idea... And I did not see a lot of holding points for the skipper. Good luck to him...
  22. 6 points
    Unfortunately I don't have the side on view, it's always on the far side when they haul out so is obscured by the port foil.
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  24. 6 points
    Been laying low on this thread but I see some friendlies chiming in. (Hi fellas) The original owner is still the owner. He had to go to court to prove ownership during the bankruptcy which is unfortunate. He is a very nice guy who found himself in a bad situation. He is also older and not in tip-top shape so the boat is for sale but no idea how actively he is working on that. Last I knew it was for sale through Daedalus but that knowledge is over a year old. The main foils are still manual up/down and hydraulically actuated in rake. They are controlled by toggle switches on newly installed pods in front of the helm. You can control each board individually from either side. There are string pots installed for limitation of rake but the work has not been done to have rake values up on the B&G's. (I am pretty sure this is a simple project for a good sparky) The rudders are on electric actuators and, again, controlled by toggle switches on the same pod and linked together so both side toggles control both rudders at the same time. From memory there is no string pot on the rudders but, on this boat, that is a gross tune adjustment. A hydraulic pump was installed in the starboard hull which is powered by the 48v battery bank through an inverter. There is no active flight control in any way. The foot pedal hydraulic pumps for the mainsheet are gone. They had installed VERY basic hand pumps in Holland which have since been switched out. (Harken now, I believe) The plumbing for the mainsheet cylinder is still original so, personally, I would look into improving that which includes larger hose, fittings, removing all extraneous fittings or unions, all of the things you would do to make liquid flow faster. One of the biggest contributors to the capsize was the only release was at the helm which was addressed with a separate release valve with a pull cord around the cockpit for access by anyone. The pedal thing was clever but asking the helm to stay locked in, steer the boat and be johnny on the spot with the panic button while tipping was, well, you saw it. (I was not on board during the capsize.) I have moved the boat around quite a bit including Wanchese to Newport in 36 hours, Newport to Annapolis and Annapolis to the outer banks down the intercoastal and there is no reason you cannot sail the boat completely under control in any condition within reason. The foils can be set such that the boat will just not foil. Skimming mode is awesome and safe. If you were completely sold on not foiling you would look into modifying the existing boards into c-foils without the "J" and decreasing the size of the elevators on the rudders. The existing boards are as C as you can get them now without moving the lower bearing inboard in the hull. You could remove a ton of gear and weight by fixing the rake controls but the boards would be heavy as they are designed and built to handle the loads of foiling. Purpose built c-boards would most likely be half the weight. If it were my boat I would complete the work that was started in Holland. They made some good changes but there is a lot of tightening up to be done as there was not a lot of money going into it. I would look into plumbing the mainsheet into the electric pump and having it push-button with multiple panic buttons throughout the cockpit. I would power up one of the cabin-house winches. I would keep the foils as is until I came to the conclusion that I was not foiling enough per hours of sailing to make it worthwhile. I would add to the battery bank in order to get more than an hour of motoring out of the ocean-volt or investigate dinosaur powered propulsion. I would absolutely, without a doubt, put my family on it, crush out to Nantucket in a third of the time and live aboard for extended weekends of maybe a week's vacation. This is all assuming I was in a VERY different tax bracket where a million dollar cat was the financial equivalent to my existing 2004 Volvo wagon. My guess is you could get this boat for $600k but would expect to spend upwards of $100k right away not including sails. (totally out of my ass there and I do not have a breakdown of those costs) I get that the topic of this boat is very polarizing and a hot topic at times. That's fine but please don't make me regret posting. I think you all know what I mean. Thanks. Mark
  25. 5 points
    No, this is seemed all pretty normal. Felt like just commissioning testing. We've seen other teams do a similar tests before going sailing each day. Just never seen it filmed.